News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 4, 2020
Help Decorate Brookfield Zoo for the Holiday Season at Annual Tree Trim

Brookfield, Ill. – Although this holiday season may be a little different due to the pandemic, Brookfield Zoo plans to brighten it up with its 39th annual Holiday Magic. In preparation for the festive light displays being planned, nearly 600 local community groups and corporations from the Chicagoland area will be decorating trees on the zoo’s malls and around Roosevelt Fountain during the zoo’s annual Tree Trim. This year’s event will span two weekends—Saturdays and Sundays, November 14-15 and 21-22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.—to allow for social distancing.

Sponsored by Target, Brookfield Zoo’s Tree Trim has become a tradition for a variety of organizations, including scout troops, schools, churches, libraries, and clubs as well as individual families. Community Tree Trim participants receive a fully LED-lit tree, 20 complimentary general admission passes and five parking passes good on Tree Trim days only, and a sign featuring the town and the names of those who donated and decorated the tree. Trees purchased online with a credit card by October 2 are $140 ($150 if purchased by check). After October 2, the price increases by $20.

Companies can also join in the holiday spirit by sponsoring a corporate tree that is prominently displayed around Roosevelt Fountain. The cost is $500 and includes 30 admission passes and 10 parking passes good on Tree Trim days only, a fully LED-lit tree, and a sign featuring the company’s name and/or logo and a holiday message.

Both community groups and companies may purchase additional admission tickets at a discounted rate of $10 each. They are valid for adults, seniors, and children and are good only on November 14, 15, 21, and 22. Additional parking passes are $15 each. Discounted tickets are available online through November 22.
Due to COVID-19, this year, participants will be prompted when making reservations online to select what day they would like to decorate as well as what time their group will be coming to the zoo.

While the trees provided will be covered in twinkling LED lights, participants are responsible for decorating their trees with either homemade or store-bought ornaments. Ornament makers should keep in mind that decorations will need to withstand Chicago’s wintry weather. The zoo recommends that ornaments be painted, varnished, shellacked, or laminated (water-soluble glue is not recommended). Also, please be mindful of the animals at the zoo when making ornaments. Use animal-safe items such as Popsicle sticks, laminated paper, Styrofoam balls, plastic needlepoint, strung beads, soda cans, wood items, or plastic containers. Do not use food items, sharp objects, straws, glass/breakable materials, or tinsel. Hang ornaments with string or yarn (no wire or pipe cleaners). A complete list of guidelines and creative ideas is available at

A 2020 Tree Trim commemorative patch is available for purchase online and may be picked up outside at the zoo’s South Gate Shop between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Tree Trim days.

For questions regarding Tree Trim, please email Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a tree or purchase extra tickets or commemorative patches, visit

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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